Reign FC’s captain and midfielder Megan Rapinoe watched the Women’s World Cup semifinal game on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury. However, she found herself in the spotlight a day after the team’s victory against England when she defended some of her actions and comments.
Rapinoe had reportedly received criticism for her comments and actions, such as; claiming that she would not visit the White House if they won the championship, and not singing the national anthem before matches.
A lot of people have called her actions un-American, and when asked to respond to the comments, Rapinoe stated that she was deeply and uniquely American. She went on to say that critics should look deeper into the motivations behind her words and actions, and if they did not agree with them, it could then be discussed.
Rapinoe is also known to be particularly vocal about human rights and President Trump. Many of her teammates spoke in her defense, asserting that Rapinoe stands for honesty and truth.
Rapinoe stated that although she was fortunate to be a citizen of the United States, and how it was a great country with many amazing things, there was always room for improvement.
The soccer player stated that the country was founded on slavery and other good ideals. She feels people should be more honest and open about this history for everyone to move forward and become better, while hopefully reconciling with this difficult part of American history.